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Happy Holidays

HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM BROWNSTONE POETS Wishing Everyone Peace, Love, and Happiness! The series will shut down for a holiday hiatus from November thru January. Will keep everyone posted on the Brownstone Poets 2014 Anthology Reading coming to Park Plaza Restaurant and Barnes & Noble Park Slope early in 2015. Will get in touch with all 2014 featured poets and series supporters for the 2015 Anthology in November. Info to come . . . Poetically Yours, Patricia Carragon Curator, Editor-in-Chief Brownstone Poets

Brevitas 11 Sun, November 2 at 2 pm

Performed Readings! Book Release Party! Short Poem Open Mic! Sun, November 2 at 2 pm Host: Flash Rosenberg • cartoonist, poet, and giraffe-wrangler Co-founders: Poets Jim Pignetti and City Lore Founder, Steve Zeitlin $10 admission includes a complimentary copy of “brevitas 11•anthology of short poems • 2014” Bowery Poetry Club • 308 Bowery • New York City (between Houston & Bleecker Streets) www.boweryartsandscience.org/ brevitas is a community of invited poets who email one or two original poems (14 lines max) to the group on the 1st and 15th of each month. Jim Pignetti and Steve Zeitlin launched brevitas 11 years ago with a small coterie of poet friends. The group has now evolved into a powerful incubator of poetry. ______________________________________________________________________________ Dorothy Friedman August • Amy Barone • Susan Gerardi Bello • Maura Candela • Claudia Carlson Patricia Carragon • Jan Garden Castro • Esther Cohen • Steve Dalachinsky • Gil Fagiani • Christian Garaud Bob Heman • Cindy Hochman • Evie Ivy • Andrew Kaufman • Kit Kennedy • Ron Kolm • Patrick Lee Maria Lisella • Tsaurah Litzky • Karen Neuberg • Helen Peterson • Jim Pignetti • Leslie Prosterman Tom Rigney • Flash Rosenberg • Dorothea Hutton Scher • Zev Shanken • Hal Sirowitz • Ed Smith Esther K Smith • Sparrow • Gerd Stern • Richard Storm • Juanita Torrence-Thompson • John J. Trause Alicia Vasquez • Angelo Verga • Nathan Versace • Carolyn Wells • Jeffrey Cyphers Wright • Steve Zeitlin

October Publication News

"The Wind" by Stephen Martin Gang - woodcut Happy to announce that my poems, “New Utrecht Avenue,” “When I Die,” and “The Little Mouse That Smiled” are in this terrific Puerto Rican Bi-Annual online literary/ arts journal, Solunestrella Caribbean Publications (edited and published by Stephen Martin Gang). I share the space with Flash Rosenberg, Stephen Martin Gang, Alexandra Ostolaza de Jesus-, and Miriam Wold– Nupastel. Please click on the link below. www.solunestrella.com

Jane Ormerod and Richard Loranger at Park Plaza

REVISED LINE-UP: Brownstone Poets presents Jane Ormerod and Richard Loranger on Saturday, October 4 at Park Plaza Restaurant in historic Brooklyn Heights. Enjoy the varied menu at this affordable family-run diner while listening to great poetry. Poetry grows in Brooklyn Heights and there's an open mic as well. Brownstone Poets presents: Jane Ormerod Richard Loranger Saturday, October 4, at 2:30 p.m. Park Plaza Restaurant 220 Cadman Plaza West near Clark St.and Pineapple Walk Brooklyn, NY 11201 - 718 – 596 – 5900 Subways: Take the A or C to High Street, 2 or 3 to Clark Street, 4 or to 5 Borough Hall For more directions: http://www.hopstop.com/ $4 Donation – plus Food/Drink - Open-Mic Curated by Patricia Carragon pcarragon@gmail.com brownstonepoets.blogspot.com/ patriciacarragon8.wordpress.com/ en-gb.facebook.com/people/Brownstone-Poets/541314712 BIOS: Jane Ormerod is the author of Welcome to the Museum of Cattle (Three Rooms Press, 2012), RecreationalVehicles on Fire (Three Rooms Press, 2009), the chapbook 11 Films (Modern Metrics/EXOT Books, 2008), and the spoken word CD Nashville Invades Manhattan. Jane’s work also appears in numerous US and international anthologies and journals including Have a Nice NYC (Three Rooms Press, 2012), Maintenant, AND / OR, Marsh Hawk Press Review, The Nervous Breakdown, Ambush Review, and Sparring with Beatnik GhostsShe is a founding editor at great weather for MEDIA, an independent press focusing on edgy and experimental poetry and prose. Richard Loranger is a writer, performer, visual artist, and all around squeaky wheel, currently residing in Oakland, CA. He is the author of Poems for Teeth, as well as The Orange Book and nine chapbooks, including Hello Poems and the recent 6 Questions (Exot Books). Recent work can be found in the online journals London Grip New Poetry (www.londongrip.co.uk) and The Marsh Hawk Review (www.marshhawkpress.org) and in the just released anthology I Let Go of the Stars in My Hand (great weather for MEDIA). You can find more about his work and scandals at www.richardloranger.com.

No More Third Tuesday Readings

Dear Poets and Friends, After several years, I’m sorry to report that I must discontinue all Brownstone Poets Third Tuesday Readings at Café Dada. Due to increased responsibilities at work and the uncomfortable ambiance and pricey food at this café, curating has become way too difficult to handle. But we did have good fun and poetry at The Fall Café, Tillie’s of Brooklyn, Linger Café, and Café Dada, and poetry will continue to grow in Brooklyn Heights with the First Saturday Readings at Park Plaza Restaurant. This restaurant/diner offers great food at affordable prices and the beautiful back room is perfect for a reading. Come to the Heights on Saturday, October 4 at 2:30 p.m. for an afternoon with Michael Broder and Richard Loranger and a fantastic open! The series will shut down for a holiday hiatus from November thru January. Will keep everyone posted on the Brownstone Poets 2014 Anthology Reading coming to Park Plaza Restaurant and Barnes & Noble Park Slope early in 2015. Will get in touch with all 2014 featured poets and series supporters for the 2015 Anthology in November. Info to come . . . Poetically Yours, Patricia Carragon Curator, Editor-in-Chief Brownstone Poets

Bob Hart Memorial

Bob Hart Memorial at ABC No Rio, Sunday, September 28 at Noon I will be attending this: Update on Bob Hart's memorial from David Lawton BOB HART (1931 - 2014) On Sunday, September 28, 2014, we will celebrate the work of this consummate artist and human being. We will do the thing Bob loved to do - read his poetry, at ABC No Rio, 156 Rivington Street (bet. Clinton & Suffolk), a place where Bob workshopped his work and dialogued with his colleague poets. We will come together there at 12 noon. The reading will begin with invited poets, and time permitting, we will open the reading up to those who would also like to read. Bob's publisher, Jee Leong Koh, will have copies of Bob's collection, Lightly in the Good of Day, available for sale, with the proceeds donated to ABC No Rio. F Train to Delancey, J, M or Z to Essex. Hosted by David Lawton and Thomas Fucaloro. Peace.

Michael Broder and Richard Loranger at Park Plaza

Michael Broder and Richard Loranger at Park Plaza Restaurant, Saturday, October 4 at 2:30 p.m. Brownstone Poets presents Michael Broder and Richard Loranger on Saturday, October 4 at Park Plaza Restaurant in historic Brooklyn Heights. Enjoy the varied menu at this affordable family-run diner while listening to great poetry. Poetry grows in Brooklyn Heights and there's an open mic as well. Brownstone Poets presents: Michael Broder Richard Loranger Saturday, October 4, at 2:30 p.m. Park Plaza Restaurant 220 Cadman Plaza West near Clark St.and Pineapple Walk Brooklyn, NY 11201 - 718 – 596 – 5900 Subways: Take the A or C to High Street, 2 or 3 to Clark Street, 4 or to 5 Borough Hall For more directions: http://www.hopstop.com/ $4 Donation – plus Food/Drink - Open-Mic Curated by Patricia Carragon pcarragon@gmail.com brownstonepoets.blogspot.com/ patriciacarragon8.wordpress.com/ en-gb.facebook.com/people/Brownstone-Poets/541314712 BIOS: Michael Broder is the author of This Life Now (A Midsummer Night’s Press, 2014). He holds a BA from Columbia University, an MFA from New York University, and a PhD in Classics from CUNY Graduate Center. His poems, essays, and reviews have appeared in BLOOM, Court Green, Columbia Poetry Review, Painted Bride Quarterly, Classical World, and other journals, as well as in the anthologies This New Breed, My Diva, Divining Divas, Rabbit Ears, and Ancient Obscenities. He lives in Brooklyn with his husband, the poet Jason Schneiderman, and numerous cats, both feral and domestic. Photo credit: Robert Fischer Richard Loranger is a writer, performer, visual artist, and all around squeaky wheel, currently residing in Oakland, CA. He is the author of Poems for Teeth, as well as The Orange Book and nine chapbooks, including Hello Poems and the recent 6 Questions (Exot Books). Recent work can be found in the online journals London Grip New Poetry (www.londongrip.co.uk) and The Marsh Hawk Review (www.marshhawkpress.org) and in the just released anthology I Let Go of the Stars in My Hand (great weather for MEDIA). You can find more about his work and scandals at www.richardloranger.com.

Jay Chollick and Su Polo at Cafe Dada

Brownstone Poets presents Jay Chollick and Su Polo, Tuesday, September 16 at 7:30 p.m. at Café Dada. Enjoy the Old World ambiance in Park Slope that’s near several subways. Feast on French-Hungarian cuisine and delectable pastries. Relax with some wine or beer, a cup of coffee or tea while listening to great poetry. There’s an open mic as well. Poetry does grow in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Brownstone Poets presents: Jay Chollick Su Polo Tuesday, September 16, 2014 Starts at 7:30 p.m. - sign up at 7:15 p.m. Café Dada 57 Seventh Avenue (at the corner of Lincoln Place) Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY 11217 http://www.cafedadany.com/ 718-622-2800 Subways: 2 or 3 to Grand Army Plaza B or Q to Seventh Avenue F or G to Seventh Avenue (9th Street) R to Union Street, plus a bit of a walk. http://www.hopstop.com/ $4 donation + food/drink - Open-Mic Curated by Patricia Carragon pcarragon@gmail.com brownstonepoets.blogspot.com patriciacarragon8.wordpress.com/ en-gb.facebook.com/people/Brownstone-Poets/541314712 BIOS: Jay Chollick: The word’s most harmless terrorist; shadowy at the open mic; insufferablein print; bookish in slim volumes: Colors; American Vesuvius; FiveO The Stately Poems; prizes & awards but not the bluest ribbons; big mouth on the radio; a tv pipsqueak, for which only his one hand claps. Su Polo is a multitalented artist. A native New Yorker, she is a writer of stories and poems, singer/songwriter with guitar and dulcimer, Jazz vocalist, photographer, painter, sculptor, computer graphic artist, and created her website at supolo.com. Her book of poems and stories, Turning Stones, is available at St. Marks Books. She is the founder and host of the Saturn Series poetry reading in it’s 20th year every Monday at Cafe Mania. Su is also the set designer for the last 7 years of this New Years Day Poetry Extravaganza.

Bob Hart Memorial

Memorial Service for Bob Hart Saturday 8/30 at 1:30 p.m. Our dear friend and poet, Bob Hart, passed away last week. He was 85 years old, but his lively spirit and dance moves could outdo those more than half his age. Bob featured for me back on January 5, 2013 with Bruce Weber and Joanne Pagano Weber as part of The No Chance Ensemble team. It was a fun event for everyone. Bob's poem, A Longer Shorter Comedy, is in the Brownstone Poets 2014 Anthology. I plan to do a special memorial section for him in the 2015 anthology. There will be a non-denominational funeral service for Bob Hart: Saturday, August 30, at 1:30 p.m. The Scientology Church 65 East 82 St., between Park and Madison New York, NY 10028 If you have any questions, please call Eden at 212-288-1526. I wish I could go, but I'm scheduled to work that day. Every poem is a gift from the poet's heart. Bob Hart had a heart filled with poetry. I have posted his poem from the Brownstone Poets 2014 Anthology below. Please read, enjoy, and share his gift. A LONGER SHORTER COMEDY midway this trip beginning with one and ending with another nothing; bubbling in the wakings of sensation’s edgy finding of the light and morbid substance of infinitude we who met (or not met at all) are amazed in our urging or purging round this fountain cup of bright and dim variety how many (or few) exuding life’s vibrancy we find in this contriving of eternity midway my trip or midway our trip so many steep concavities of sloping in and climbing out— the filling of the dark green living leaf with freezing white (whose eye of ice will weep a different beauty in the spring) midway like sun and blossom hope and help close with opening we sanctify or vilify each other— truth-spiders weaving forever as substance sublime or else a void to avoid. —Bob Hart

August Publications news

Although I'm having issues printing up my anthologies (only 2/3 of them are printed), I have some good news to share: My haiku is in the Weekly Avocet #88 sweet and ripe enough to eat the melon’s scent